UN General Assembly: Jair Bolsonaro gives Brazil a bad name

Podcast Sep 23, 2020

Explaining Brazil #126: You give Brazil a bad name


The 75th edition of the United Nations General Assembly was a unique one. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, leaders did not attend the UN headquarters, in New York, sending in pre-recorded speeches instead. The result was perhaps the worst Zoom conference ever. Brazil opened the general debates, as is customary — with President Jair Bolsonaro using his 14 minutes to spread multiple falsehoods and pander to his own base — instead of addressing the world’s concerns about Brazil.

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On this episode:

  • Guilherme Casarões holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of São Paulo. He is the deputy-coordinator of the Public Administration School at think tank Fundação Getulio Vargas, and has launched the Observatory of the Extreme Right, a project to monitor the behavior of extremist groups in the political arena.

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